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KCSMMHZ
Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> a japanese power company has resumed construction of a nuclear plant in northern japan. the restart is the first of its kind in the country since last year's nuclear accident. it's drawing opposite reactions from two municipalities. the plant in ohma town, aomori prefecture, is about 40% complete. construction stopped after the march 11th, quake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis last year. the president of j-power attended the meeting of the town's assembly on monday and reported the restart. the town's mayor welcomed the decision. >> translator: i'm relieved that the construction has finally resumed. >> ohma has been receiving grants from the value government for hosting the plant. the town uses the funds to build public schools and run hospitals. the resumption is expected to create new jobs. across the street from ohma is the city of hakodate. it opposes the restart. parts of the municipalities are within 30 kilometers of the plant. residents are worried about safety. hakodate's mayor says the project should be frozen indefinitely. he
KCSMMHZ
Oct 12, 2012 6:00am PDT
/world bank meetings spoke to nhk. >> we have challenges for the moment in europe, but, it is indeed a happy day for europe and i trust for the world. >> european commission president jose manuel barroso welcomed the news. he said the award is a great honor for the citizens of europe, all member states, and european institutions. >> it is justified recognition for any project that works for the benefit of its citizens and also for the benefit of the world. >> barroso said the award shows that the eu remains an inspiration for countries and people all over the world. he said the international community needs a strong european union. >>> delegates at the annual meetings of the international monetary fund and world bank have been talking about europe all week, though in less glowing terms. the head of the imf told the gathering in tokyo that the your zone is being severely tested. christine lagarde said the road ahead will be long and will have its share of roadblocks. >> the global recovery is still too weak. job prospects for untold millions are still too scarce. and the gap between the rich
KCSMMHZ
Oct 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." a well-known and influential figure in japanese politics is trying to give voters another option the next time they goto the polls. tokyo governor shintaro ishihara is preparing to launch a new conservative party. ishihara announced thursday he will resign as governor. >> translator: i am creating a new party, and along with its members, my colleagues, i'll be returning to national politics. this follows the path i set as tokyo governor for the past 14 years. >> ishihara said japan needs political realignment. he had been trying to form an alliance with another conservative party, but the discussions fell apart. he recently talked with osaka mayor toru hashimoto about working together. hashimoto has just launched his own national party to field candidates in the upcoming election, expected anytime between now and next summer. ishihara is nope for his strong views. his actions sparked the recent tensions over territory in the east china sea. he raised money to purchase the senkaku islands from a japanese owner. he wanted to develop the islan
KCSMMHZ
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
of japan's largest home electronics shows. nhk world's ta mow coca mata gives us the inside line. >> reporter: more than 600 companies are participating in this exhibition at a site near tokyo. major japanese electronics firms such as sony are presenting their latest products at the show which began on tuesday. visitors are interested. this is what walking may look like in the future. just a slight hand pressure of my hand. electronics manufacturer murata has a small company that specializes in devices to assist the elderly and infirm. nearly a quarter of the japanese population is now over 65 years of age. there's a growing market for products for the elderly, and manufacturers are becoming increasingly innovative. >> translator: i think the senior market will expand as the numbers of older people increases. there's also demand in europe, the u.s. and other developed countries. >> reporter: this product supporters the wearer's joints and muscles. this man can easily carry more than 50 kilograms. the suit makers say they developed it to help older people working in manual jobs. m
KCSMMHZ
Oct 10, 2012 5:30pm PDT
are on the rise. nhk world's ron madison is covering the imf world bank meetings here in tokyo. >> european leaders find themselves in a sense of debt deja vu. they've wrestled together and separately to solve budget problems. once again, they find themselves listening to some advice. >> the choice today is between making the necessary, but tough, policy and political decisions or delaying them once more in the false hope that time is on our side. it is not. >> he and his colleagues handed in the imf's checkup on the world's financial health. they pointed to no one's surprise, to the malaise in europe. although significant new efforts by european policy makers have allayed investors' biggest fears, they wrote, the euro area crisis remains the principle source of concern. he said member nations need to do their part toward stability. he said weak banks need to restructure their finances. policy makers need to build stronger fire walls and need to establish a banking union with a single supervisor. >> there is already an agreement at the political level to have a banking union in place. the f
KCSMMHZ
Oct 22, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> the conflict in syria is destabilizing the situation in neighboring countries including lebanon. clashes in beirut and other parts of the nation have led to the death of at least one person and wounded dozens of others. sympathizers of anti-government forces in syria have clashed with security forces in central beirut. fighting also broke out on sunday and monday in northern lebanon between groups that support and oppose the syrian government of bashar al assad. local media reported exchanges of fire involving automatic weapons and mortars. the violence was triggered by the killing of a top lebanese security official last week. he was known as a lead og poentd of the syrian president. his death was seen as an act of retaliation by the pro-assad faction in lebanon. the tensions are driving a wedge between the people, mainly sunni factions opposed to the syrian president are fighting against the shia group hezbollah and other sympathizers of bashar al assad. >>> a high-ranking syrian official says president assad welcomes in principle the
KCSMMHZ
Oct 29, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." people in the u.s. northeast are facing an onslaught of heavy rain and strong wins from hurricane sandy as it pushes inland. several municipalities in the storm's path have declared a state of emergency. some residents of new york city have been forced to evacuate and officials have shut down the city's mass transit. the storm is unusually large in diameter and is likely to pound a wide area for several days. the hurricane forced evacuation of some 370,000 residents from areas near the sea and new york city. officials have there have suspended subway and bus services. sandy is disrupting corporate activity with many companies not opening for business. none of the theaters on the city's famous broadway will be running performances on monday. the u.n. headquarters will be closed and the new york stock exchange will stop all trading on monday. internet trade willing also be suspended. we'll have more information on the hurricane from rash el ferguson of our weather team later in the program. >>> with just nine days to go before the u.s. presidentia
PBS
Oct 26, 2012 7:00pm PDT
is accurate or even true. nhk world's susumu kojima reports. >> in the last four years you cut permits and licenses on federal land and federal waters in half. >> not true, governor romney. >> so how much did you cut them? >> not true. >> reporter: in the presidential debates and tv ads, both candidates have bolstered their arguments with a lot of facts. often one candidate refutes the other's information. many voters don't know who or what to believe. >> it's hard to tell a lot of times whether what they're saying is actually true. >> i think it's important in any democracy to have some way to objectively check the claims that politicians sometimes make. >> reporter: now the public is getting help from fact checkers. these experts and journalists check the accuracy of the candidates' facts and make the findings public. >> over the last 30 months, we have seen 5 million jobs in the private sector created. >> obama's figure is nearly a half a million jobs short according to current bureau of labor statistics figures. >> the president said he'd cut the deficit in half. unfortunately, he
KCSMMHZ
Oct 9, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm keikichi hanada in tokyo with the latest at this hour. economists at the international monetary fund have looked down the road aways. they see a slow and a bumpy patch ahead. they released an economic outlook after opening up the imf world bank meetings in tokyo, and they cut their forecasts yet again. nhk world's ron madison followed the talks for us at the tokyo international forum. >> reporter: we have spoken with a number of influential economists, and the general sense we're getting here is one of uncertainty. finance ministers, central bank governors and their colleagues from 188 member nations have all read and many have even written about the trouble spots, trouble spots that we've all been hearing about so much lately -- greece, italy, and spain. but they also see question marks elsewhere in europe and in the united states too if politicians there fail to agree on policies that promote growth. let me read one line from the report. it says the recovery has suffered new setbacks and uncertainty weighs heavily on the outlook. >> ro
KCSMMHZ
Oct 9, 2012 5:30pm PDT
if the puzzle can be completed, then one can hope that the worst might be behind us. ron madison, nhk world, tokyo. >>> this high level gathering wouldn't have been happening here in tokyo if things had gone according to plan. accordi organizers originally decided to go in egypt. immediately raised his hand and proposed japan would host. we spoke with the vice minister of finance for international finance. >> reporter: vice minister nakoa was instrumental to bringing the meeting to tokyo. he says there are two goals he hopes to achieve during the meetings. >> in the international economy, there are a lot of challenges including those euro and other advanced economies also. we want to provide a good opportunity for discussing these difficult challenges. we are recovering from the tragic disaster of last year, tsunami and earthquake. so i want this meetings -- these meetings -- this opportunity to be important opportunity for japan to show the people from abroad to see the recovering economies stable and integrating. >> reporter: debt problems in the eurozone remain the biggest concern for th
KCSMMHZ
Oct 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> fighting in syria between government and opposition forces continues in some parts of the country despite a four-day cease-fire proposed by the united nations and the arab league. the cease-fire took effect on friday, which marks the beginning of the muslim holiday of eid al adha. anti-government activists in the central city of homs say the military violated the truce, killing four people. heavy fighting was also reported in the northern city of idleb. reports from daraa province in southern syria say government opened fire to disperse demonstrators. the syrian government has warned that troops will respond to any attempts by the rebels to attack or expand areas under their control. >>> people in afghanistan are grieving on a day they should be celebrating. a suicide bomber targeted a mosque in the country's north. the explosion killed at least 36 people and wounded many others. it happened as muslims around the world marked the eid al adha holiday. police say a man detonated the explosives friday outside a mosque in maymana. witnesses say t
KCSMMHZ
Oct 15, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." two americans have won this year's nobel prize in economic sciences. the royal swedish academy announced the winners on monday. the academy recognized alvin roth from harvard university and lloyd shapley from the university of california, los angeles. professor shapley developed a theory on so-called matching methods. professor alvin used shapley's theory to clarify market functions. the academy says the two economists have achieved outstanding economic engineering. >>> a former syrian opposition leader says the u.n. and arab league envoy may take a new approach to ending the civil war. burhan ghalioun says lakhdar brahimi wants to send in thousands of peacekeepers. government and opposition forces have been fighting for a year and a half. ghalioun said brahimi hopes to deploy at least 3,000 armed peacekeepers. 300 unarmed u.n. monitors were forced to leave the country in august. government and opposition forces are fighting for control of the northern city of aleppo and the central city of homs. human rights activists say more than 30,000 pe
KCSMMHZ
Oct 19, 2012 6:00am PDT
navy sailors are accused of raping a woman in okinawa. welcome to nhk world "newsline." american military personnel in japan will be watching the clock for the foreseeable future. their commanders imposed a temporary curfew following a case of rape in okinawa involving two u.s. servicemen. the order applies to all of the nearly 40,000 american military personnel stationed across the country. nhk world reports. report. >> reporter: the commander of u.s. forces in japan made the announcement in tokyo. >> under u.s. paycom commander authority i am immediately issuing a curfew to all military personnel in japan both temporary and assigned. >> lieutenant general salvatore angelella says the curfew will be in place from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. it will apply to all u.s. forces in japan, including those who come here for a short time. the decision follows the arrests earlier this week of two u.s. navy sailors. they are accused of raping a woman in okinawa. the pair is being held at the japanese prosecutor's office in the capital. >> i want to personally apologize for the grief and trauma
PBS
Oct 19, 2012 7:00pm PDT
nearly 40,000 american military personnel stationed across the uny. nhk world reports. >> the commander of u.s. forces in japan made the announcement o >> under u.s. paycom commander authority i iedte issuing a curfew to all military personnel in japan both temporary and assigned. >> theieutenangeneral salvatore angelella says the curfew will be in place from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. it will applto all u.s. forces in japan, including those who come here for a short time. e cionolwsherrtsearlier this we navy sailors. they are accused of raping a woman in okinawa. the pair is being ld at the japanese prosecutor's office in the capital. iantoernay apologize for the grief and trauma the victim has endured and the anger it has caused among the people in okinawa. >> american servicemen have been involved in more than 120 sexual assault cases in okinawaince 1972 when the u.s. government returned the island chain back to japanese control. it was an incident in 1995 that most shocked and enraged people in okinawa. three u.s. marines raped a 12-year-old girl. the case prompt mas
WHUT
Oct 2, 2012 7:30am EDT
died and were buried far from home. nhk world reports from pyongyang. >> reporter: parents or siblings of the group's members died of illness or hunger while interned by the soviet military. it occupied what is now north korea right after the war. the group arrived in pyongyang on saturday. they visited a site where the dead were first buried, then a hill where the gd more than 20 japanese journalists to cover the visit. some japanese are praying for the family members and relatives at their grave site. this is the first visit of its kind since world war ii. japan's health ministry says some 35,000 japanese died in the area. but it says the remains of about 20,000 have not been returned. the group left memorial markers, offered sweets and liquor and prayed for the repose of their loved ones' souls. >> translator: my feelings are complex. i'm sorry to have kept you waiting in such a distant place, and i'm thankful to you for waiting. >> translator: we all feel great joy at being able to pray for them here today. i deeply appreciate all the efforts people have undertaken to make this vis
WHUT
Oct 3, 2012 7:30am EDT
their struggle to survive. nhk world has more. >> reporter: the movie is directed by award winning director, sono. sono views public interest and nuclear safety has been fading since the accident. with his new film, he wants to remind people. the film shows how the threat of radiation exposure affected local residents. this pregnant woman is too afraid to take off protective clothing. >> translator: i've made my film extremely dramatic. i extracted the essence of the whole thing and tried to express it clearly, briefly, and emphatically. >> reporter: sono visited fukushima again and again to hear from survivors. this area was once a no-go zone, and it's still pretty deserted. as he travels through disaster areas, he came across a woman. she gave sono the plot for his film. this is toyoko susuki, a 17-year resident of fukushima. her house is 20 kilometers from the nuclear plant. in april last year, the government designated areas between 20 kilometers a no-go zone. the line was suddenly drawn through her land. her son and grandchildren evacuated their home. the family split up. >> translator: i wa
KCSMMHZ
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> turkey's military launched artillery attacks on syria for a second straight day. it's retaliation for the neighboring country's deadly shelling of a turkish border town. the attacks began on wednesday after a syrian mortar slammed into the turkish border town of akacakale killing five civilians. syria said it's investigating the source of the attack and called for restraint. the turkish government says it's initiating procedures to authorize the country's military to cross the border. the government says the move is to counter a threat against its national security. turkey has demanded that syria establish a buffer zone on the border to shelter syrians fleeing the country. syria has accused turkey of helping opposition forces in the country to smuggle in weapons and terrorists. >>> an estimated 60 million americans sat down in front of their tvs to watch an election ritual. u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, debated the economy, health care, and the role of government. their debate took place in color
KCSMMHZ
Oct 23, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> barack obama and mitt romney are moving from locking horns to locking down votes. the u.s. presidential candidates wrapped up their third and final debate ahead of the november 6th election. they sparred over foreign policy and their discussion touched on everything from the situation in the middle east to relations with china. nhk world's anthony izaki reports from boca raton, florida. >> reporter: it started with a handshake, but the friendliness ended there. president barack obama and mitt romney spent the next 90 minutes to both outwit and outmaneuver each other. obama highlighted the foreign policy achievements of his administration over the past four years. >> we ended the war in iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11. and we're now able to transition out of afghanistan in a responsible way, making sure that afghans take responsibility for their own security. and that allows us also to rebuild alliances and make friends around the world to combat future threats. >> reporter: on the other hand, romney accus
KCSMMHZ
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
the confusion at the heart of a nuclear disaster. welcome to nhk world "newsline." the operator of the fukushima daiichi power plant has released more video of employees in the heat of the nuclear crisis. tokyo electric power company posted footage online of the teleconferences in the days after the accident last year. the pictures highlight the uncertainty caused by company executives and government officials. tepco released six hours of video. it was recorded over five days starting march 11th. the footage shows people at the plant on offsite center at the firm's head office in tokyo and other branch offices. one section shows the plant chief was unable to communicate with government officials. >> another part shows the confusion over how to open the valve and lower the pressure inside a reactor. >> tepco officials say they plan to release more video recorded in the month after the accident. >>> japan's industry minister says the government will not allow a power company to start building a nuclear plant in western japan. the decision comes three weeks after the government allowed work to resu
KCSMMHZ
Oct 16, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> members of japan's self-defense forces are tracking a flotilla of chinese naval ships. they say the vessels approached japanese territorial waters west of okinawa. the disputed senkaku islands are located in that area, a territory japan controls but china claims. pilots with the maritime self-defense force air patrol spotted the flotilla tuesday. they found the ships about 49 kilometers off yonaguni island near taiwan. japanese defense ministry officials say the ships moved north just outside japan's territorial waters. they say the vessels were headed to another contiguous zone off the senkaku islands. but then the flotilla headed west away from the islands. defense ministry officials point out the flotilla is the same one that passed through the oak. >> wa islands earlier this month. officials believered it was returning to china. international law allows warships to pass through another nation's contiguous zone. officials say it's the first time the chinese navy this year has been spotted around japan's contiguous zone off okinawa.
KCSMMHZ
Oct 18, 2012 6:00am PDT
during a recent flare-up of its territorial dispute with china. welcome to nhk world "newsline." self-defense force pilots have been taking to the air more than ever to tell foreign jets to respect the rules of the sky. a new defense ministry report says they've been handing out an increasing number of warnings to chinese aircraft. the rise in fighter jet scrambles coincides with the flare-up in a dispute over islands of the east china sea that japan controls but that taiwan and china claim. nhk world's takafumi terui has the details. >> reporter: the ministry's quarterly report tracks the movement of air force intercepter jets. it says the aircraft took to the skies 209 times between april and september to warn foreign aircraft of possible air space violations. the asdf warned chinese aircraft 69 times. 80% of those warnings happened between july and september. this coincides with the japanese government's nationalization of the senkaku islands, which angered people in china. defense ministry spokesperson say chinese jets usually cross the air defense identification zone and would ap
KCSMMHZ
Oct 24, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> will be to nhk world news line. guns, tanks and bombs for months now, but the weapons fuels their country's civil war could fuel over the week. the united nations says president bas shar al assaad has agreed to a fees fire during a religion holloway day. zplts the syrian grovt has agreed to a temporary cease fire during the muslim holiday. >> the muslim holiday begins friday and runs through monday. bragimi says assaad is on board and most rebel leaders he's contacted also told him they would observe a truce. president assaad said earlier this year, he would end his military operation against opposition forces. but both sides are still fighting for control of the country. the people at japan's new nuclear regulator are -- recommended expanding the evacuation radius from 10 to 30 kilometers. they would set up temporary shelters nearby for those unable to make it the evacuation centers. analysts at japan's nuclear regul regularator have also unveiled suggestions. they say meltdowns at a handful of the country's 16 nuclear facilities could result in radiation spreading beyond t
WHUT
Oct 26, 2012 7:30am EDT
. and they may never recover. nhk's report. >> reporter: a married couple. nine years ago their only child suffered a heart attack in high school and died. the death sent his father into depression. then, six months later, they suffered a stroke. now, he can't move the right half of his body. his doctor says the stress has been too much. five years later, he suffered another blow. his employer fired him. but, the misery doesn't stop there. his wife, has cancer. she works at a textile factory. however, the couple can't afford medicine. >> i'm so worried. i have no idea how to make ends meet in the years to come. if our son were alive, he will be supporting us. >> it itss a tradition in china for children to support aging parents. so people who have lost their only child, suffer a double blow. they grieve the loss. and they worry who will take care of them when they get old. three years ago he agreed to help those people. about 300 residents in the province belong to it. all have lost their only child. she leads the group. her son died from a stroke. while attending university ten years ago.
KCSMMHZ
Oct 11, 2012 6:00am PDT
states. nhk has learned that softbank is acquiring the third largest mobile phone carrier, sprint nextel. the purchase would spawn a global telecom giant. the negotiations are going on as the use of smartphones and other mobile devices is growing worldwide. sprint nextel has more than 56 million subscribers. nhk sources say softbank executives are in negotiations to acquire two-thirds of the total shares. softbank's total investment is expected to reach about $12.8 billion. both firms are providers for apple's iphones and both use a high-speed wireless communications protocol called lte or long-term evolution. the stronger yen is believed to be a factor in softbank's consideration in aspiring to buy sprint nextel. softbank executive are amay or may notally hoping to vastly expand their network in the u.s. where the market is showing considerable growth. if successful, the deal would lead to the creation of a telecommunications company with more than 90 million subscribers. >>> europe's financial leaders keep hearing others talk act their problems with debt. they're eager to turn the atte
KCSMMHZ
Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
and that their people are content. our cameras go inside the reclusive nation to find out more. welcome to nhk world "newsline." north korean authorities have been promoting their country to the world, even as they maintain their guarded stance. a top official addressed the u.n. general assembly on monday for the first time since kim jong-un took power. he said the new leader opened the door to a near era, but it's hard to know what's happening inside north korea. even when you go there separating reality from ruse can be difficulty. >> we've been visiting the north korean capital pyongyang since saturday. we went to a popular new attraction on tuesday. staff at this aquarium say this dolphin show started in the summer. the highlights is a dance sequence involving a woman and dolphins. the performance is the first of its kind in north korea. >> translator: it's great fun. >> translator: it's the first time i've seen the dolphins up close. it was exciting. >> excitement and fun is what the new leader is promoting of kim jong-un created a government agency responsible for overseeing theme parks. exper
KCSMMHZ
Oct 31, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." millions of americans are picking up and heading back to work. the biggest storm in generations shut businesses up and down the east coast. sandy knocked out power and halted travel and flooded entire neighborhoods. at least 40 people were killed in the united states. >>> sandy transitioned from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone by the time it hit shore. most people had never seen anything like it. the center of the storm, now over southern ontario moving east. it's left a trail of destruction. a power station in manhattan exploded on monday during the height of the storm cutting electricity to much of the borough. reuters reports at least 8 million peoples and businesses across several states are still without electricity. new yorkers can get around more easily now that buses are running again. but city officials say it will take at least a week to restore rail, water and other services. sandy has been losing strength since monday. its maximum momentary wind speed is around 65 kilometers per hour. the storm has pulled a mass of cold air fr
WHUT
Oct 11, 2012 7:30am EDT
industry and the event is to be getting more popular every year. nhk world's annajong reports. >> reporter: come and see a movie in bustling britan. i'm outside a venue for the busan film festival where dozens of screens are lighting up every day. the red carpet event that opened last week attracts more than 150,000 film fans to plunge into movies, or lounge on the beach. in the 17 years since it started, busan has grown into the major stop on the world film circuit. and this is the main events space. the busan cinema center. it's a $115 billion complex commissioned by korean government officials after they spotted busan's potential to be asia's film hub. 37 theaters, including this one, will screen 304 films from 75 different countries and regions. the unique thing about busan is its focus on asian films. the organize ers' ambition is to take those movies to the world. the festival opened with a bang on october 4th. a lot of korean movie stars and asian stars were seen on the red carpet. the opening feature was a hong kong thriller, within of the world's favorite charmers to close the fes
WHUT
Oct 16, 2012 7:30am EDT
concessions from iran regarding its nuclear ambitions. takashi ichinose, nhk world. >>> iran's supreme leader says the latest measures are nothing new. ayatollah ali khamenei is calling for a national show of defiance. khamenei said enemies of iran are attempting to divide the country. he called on the iranian people to unite. the economic penalties by the eu and the u.s. have caused the value of the currency, the riyal, to plummet. thousands of people took to the streets of tehran two weeks ago in protest. a spokesperson from iran's petroleum ministry said earlier this month a natural gas embargo would have no effect as the country doesn't export it to the eu. iran has the second largest natural gas reserves in the world. officials say they plan to expand exports to turkey and other neighboring countries. but these latest sanctions could affect those plans. >>> eu foreign ministers agreed to tighten sanctions against syria, too. they've been trying to pressure president bashar al assad to stop a crackdown on his own people. the ministers shared their concerns about the spread of the conflict
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Oct 17, 2012 7:00pm PDT
to a draft obtained by nhk, the eu leaders will work toward launching the negotiations in 2013. leaders from both sides agreed in november last year to set up a high-level working group aimed at expanding trade and investment. the group plans to release its report by the end of this year. the draft also calls on eu countries to begin negotiations with japan for an economic partnership agreement. but france is among several countries expressing concern over an eu/japan deal. they say it will lead to a sharp rise in auto imports. >>> now people in india have suffered through chronic shortages of electricity, even blackouts. they may get some relief. their prime minister has held talks that could pave the way for imports of uranium from australia. man mohan singh hosted the australian prime minister in new delhi. they agreed to start negotiations on nuclear energy cooperation. australia has the world's largest reserves of uranium. it overturned a ban on exports to india last year on condition the uranium be used for peaceful purposes only. due to an electricity shortage, indian authorities are
KCSMMHZ
Oct 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
when it comes to shoring up confidence, those policymakers need to pull up their grades. nhk world's ron madison is covering the annual meetings at the imf and the world bank here in tokyo. >> reporter: sometimes the challenges, particularly in europe, seem like something right out of a greek myth. you remember the one about people being punished by rolling a bolder up a hill only to roll it down and up again and again? policymakers have put their heads together, but every week they face new problems and still, the economists at the imf said the europeans have to do more. >> the choice today is between making the necessary but tough policy and political decisions or delaying them once more in the false hope that time is on our side. it is not. >> reporter: jose vinals said private-sector money is flowing out of peripheral economies in europe back to the core ones. that's been pushing up borrowing costs for governments and banks in countries such as spain and italy. vinals said neighbor nations need to do their part toward stability. policymakers need to build stronger firewalls and
KCSMMHZ
Sep 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
opportunities. nhk world, kowasaki. >>> japanese electronics makers have facing slumping sales. so they're on the lookout for new customers. they turned their focus to india. the economy is growing and its people has more money to spend. but to get a foothold, they have to compete with their south korean rivals. >> reporter: a panasonic researcher walks through a neighborhood in new delhi. he's looking at the middle class. the driver of the nation's economy. >> translator: they put medicine here. >> reporter: panasonic plans to develop products custom tailored to the needs of these consumers. but the company faces stiff competition from south korean firms. the rivalry spurs on the japanese company. ota checks out the refrigerator. >> translator: for about an hour, this ice pack stops cubes from melding during a power failure. >> reporter: more than 30% of fridges in india are made by south korean companies. they design them with india's we frequent power failures in mind. the firm is concentrating on air conditioning. until now, most of india's care conditioners have been window units.
KCSMMHZ
Oct 8, 2012 5:30pm PDT
nhk world reports from sydney. >> reporter: this high school in south australia has set up a program to get students to confront the issue of bullying. and look at the way to tackle it. >> what kind of characteristics might a person have that leads them to get bullied a lot? a reason? >> sexuality. >> reporter: professor ken rigby is one of the leading thourts on bullying. he's been asked to lead a class addressing the issue. he gets the students to give their opinions on why bullying happens and how they can stop it. >> what might he do? what might he say? stop. yes. what else? you look for a teacher. yeah. >> reporter: professor rigby says bystanders play a key role in stopping bullies. >> the research showed 50% of the time the bullying stops. when they do say something, then the bullying is likely to stop. >> notify someone else about it. it's the easy way to get rid of it, prevent it in the future. >> i think that they took the matter very seriously, came up with sensible suggestions. if they are keen on trying to do something about bullying, that can make a massive difference.
KCSMMHZ
Oct 17, 2012 6:00am PDT
has hit another high. nhk world's yoichiro joins us. fill us in a little on the background to this alleged sexual assault. >> it followed the deployment of the deployment of the military aircraft osprey to the station. folks opposed to the decision to deploy osprey in okinawa. they worry about the aircraft flying over residential areas because it has poor safety records. the japanese and the u.s. government fear the incident could further stir up okinawans anger over u.s. bases. the governor nakaima says that it has been accidents caused by u.s. servicemen and he's calling on the japanese government to work to improve the situation. he warned that otherwise japan/u.s. ties would deteriorate. more than 70% of american military facilities in japan are based in okinawa. it's a foundation of the u.s./japan security alliance. without the support of the okinawan people the alliance itself wouldn't exist. >> now the u.s. military is in the process of realigning its forces in japan. what kind of impact could this case have an those plans? >> well, japan and the u.s. agreed to reloc
KCSMMHZ
Oct 29, 2012 5:30pm PDT
these efforts. myanmar's efforts at -- the government's response to this humanitarian crisis. nhk world, bangkok. >>> campaigning in the south korean presidential election is heating up. all three main candidates took part in a meeting of b owners in seoul. it was the first time the main contenders have appeared at the same event. the ruling party, moon chen of the united party and independent candidate are contesting the election. to support small businesses have become a focal point of the campaign. about 3,000 people listened to the candidates' plans to revitalize the domestic economy. all three candidates promised the same thing. to tighten control over large firms. they all promise support for small businesses. some observers noted they would not find significant differences between the policies. with 50 days to go. >>> japan's space agency says it's planning to launch the next generation rocket some time next year. the exploration agency is developing and testing the small rocket. it's designed to carry a miniature satellite into space. they're aiming to launch in august or september of ne
PBS
Oct 3, 2012 7:00pm PDT
witnessed the protest told nhk by phone that the demonstrators were merchants. >> there are no reports yet of injuries. many shops have closed in and around the bazaar. security officers are patrolling the area. anti-government protests are unusual in iran. a similar riot has erupted in another area of the capital city. >>> japan's foreign minister pledged to step up the battle with china over the senkaku islands. he said japan must more strongly convey its views to the rest of the world. >> translator: japan should objectively explain its stance that the islands are an inherent territory in a lot of historic cal facts and based upon international law. we will strengthen and clarify our position. >> gemba says the measures include running advertisements in overseas newspapers to counter china's claim. the state affiliated china daily faced two-page ads in the "new york times" and "washington post" on september 28th. the ads refer to the islands as the chinese name for the territory. they accused washington and tokyo of crafting backroom deals to give japan administrative control over the i
PBS
Oct 10, 2012 5:00pm PDT
there on the scre. 78.07-elev 78.0 78.07-11. following on from the currency moves, the focus at nhk world remains on the imf and world bank meetings as well as the g-7 meetings. we're going to have full coverage of day three, and we're looking forward to that. for now, another negative start ford nikkei and the topix. catherine, back to you. >> thanks very much. >>> the operator of japan's crippled nuclear plant says the latest probe shows fuel at the bottom of one of the reactors is being kept cool saying the water level in the containment vessel of reactor one is 2.8 meters, enough to stop the fuel from overheating. the pausch company used an en endoscope to peer inside the vessel at the fukushima daiichi plant. footage from the probe shows the surface of corroded scaffolding and water underneath. tokyo electric says it detected radiation of over 11 sieverts per hour in the container, high enough to kill in 40 minutes of exposu exposure. it adds melted fuel rods in the bottom of the reactor are stable thanks to the water level. the utility says the discovery means it's scheduled for decommissio
WHUT
Oct 4, 2012 7:30am EDT
administrative body, the european commission, proposed epa negotiations with japan in july. nhk obtained a draft statement, summarizing the summit, schedule ford october 18th and 19th in brusselse brussels. it calls on countries to begin negotiations with japan to conclude the epa. automobile makers in italy, france and germany owe poppose proposal. other industries including chemical and pharmaceutical companies are in favor of an early start of the negotiations. american cattle farmers are looking out at their herds and shaking their heads. the worst droiught in 50 years has driven up the price of grain. that made it harder for them to feed their livestock. corn prices shot up, $65 ate ,0 ton. >> reporter: they are offering th this. a number of live stock farmers expect many supplies to dwindle due to the drought. due to oversupply, prices are falling. once shipments decline their expect to. at this auction, the cattle for sale has risen 20% compared with usual years. and they fetch low prices. quite a bit of my cows next year. concerns over corn shortage are also fueled by the policy to promo
WHUT
Oct 5, 2012 7:30am EDT
than ever. nhk world's correspondent has more. >> reporter: for 30 years, chinese have been operating restaurant and other businesses here. at the moment, they run more than 300 enterprises. you find japanese and chinese businesses right next door to each other and there is plenty of interchange among them. >> i always greet chinese people i know. i think we have a good relationship. >> japanese people are very kind. >> reporter: four years ago something thap penn something happened that could have shattered peaceful relations. chinese business people have decided they would set up a new china town. but they hadn't consulted with their japanese neighbors. a key member of the china town project. >> we wanted to bring together and create a network of chinese people living and working in this area. we just wanted to create some sort of structure. >> but the japanese merchants feared their area would be taken over. >> we can't accept the decision to turn this neighborhood with its rich history into a china town. >> groups from outside the district, joined the mounting opposition. emotions
WHUT
Oct 9, 2012 7:30am EDT
forum for the annual meeting of the international monetary fund and world bank. nhk's ron madison is there and will be there all week. i was hoping you could break this down for us. what's going on there? >> reporter: there's lots going on. already been a very full morning. lots of people here. we have finance ministers, central bank governors and other officials from 188 member nations all here now to really, you know, try to agree on how to deal with the problems that they share. and as you point out, they do have quite a few of them. of course, we've got the debt crisis in europe. but also another factor is the slowing growth in china. also, political problems on the horizon in the united states as well as other places. now, the economists from the imf have answered some of our questions with their world economic outlook. we'll have the details of that coming up in just a few minutes. now, also finance ministers and central bankers from the group of 7 nations will be meeting to discuss the challenges that they share. organizers have scheduled somewhere around 200 seminars as we
PBS
Oct 24, 2012 7:00pm PDT
ones. nhk world, tokyo. >>> japan is in the middle of its rugby season and competition is heating up in the university and professional leagues. this season, a world-renowned superstar gave japanese rugby a shot in the arm when he joined the top league. >> translator: i really want to thank you for coming to japan. i can't wait to see the world's best player in action. >> translator: i expect him to show us things we have never seen. >> here's more about this rugby sensation. >> reporter: williams is 27 years old and has been playing rugby since he was a child. in 2010, his dream came true when he became the key center of the new zealand's national team, the all blacks. last year, his contributions helped the team win the rugby world cup. i'm here at tokyo's rugby stadium which is considered japanese rugby's holy ground. fans from across japan have gathered here to see the kiwi superstar play. now he's come halfway around the world to play in japan. about two months ago, williams joined the panasonic knights, one of the most powerful rugby teams, and he's really playing a key role. >
PBS
Oct 9, 2012 5:00pm PDT
fallen to the lowest level since taking office in september of last year. nhk surveyed 1,056 people between saturday and monday and participants were age 20 and older. they gave the cabinet a support rate of 26%. that's down 5 percentage points from last month's survey. the number of voters who don't pport the cabinet is up by 5 points to 58%. support rate for the prime minister's democratic party hit the lowest level since he took office. it fell by 3 percentage points to 14%. on the other hand, the support rate for the liberal democratic party rose to 26%, almost double that of the dpj. that's an increase of 6 points. nhk also questioned respondents about which party's leader would make the best prime minister. 18% said noda is appropriate. 30% support shinzo abe. 49% say neither man is right for the job. >>> we're seeing changing fortunes for the governing dpj and the former ruling ldp. earlier we spoke about what it all means. >> first off, what's the spiking support for the opposition leader of democrats? >> last month's ldp leadership election had a big impact of the party led
PBS
Oct 16, 2012 5:00pm PDT
nhk world's gene otani spoke to a security analyst at ihs and also a former navy captain of japan's maritime self-defense force. especi h he. >> what is your opinion on the latest action? >> they conducted antisubmarine warfare training and of course to return to base were unusual because they could choose the reverse course but they didn't. it mea they do something by using this course. >> according to what you think, you don't think this action is normal. what do you think are the intentions of china, then? >> yes. we have to consider two intentions. one is the central government, central china, decided or planned this course. it means they want to see or understand the japanese reaction not only from government or from also from the society. one more thing is they of course want to show their presence in this area. navy vessel is quite different. navy vessel can represent it for meaning quite different. one is the independent operation by lower level command and they want to appear to central the patriot action, patriot feeling, so it is much more dangerous. >> they may be acti
WHUT
Oct 10, 2012 7:30am EDT
tragedy forced them to leave japan. many have returned to the places they once called home. nhk world tracks one woman's journey. >> bear, brown bear. off a >> brown bear. >> sally jones is from texas. ♪ one, two, three, four, five, six, seven ♪ >> she is teaching english at elementary and junior high schools. >> reporter: she was drawn to japan by natural beauty and culture. last year she was in the teacher's room at her high school when she felt the most intense earthquake she had ever experienced. she left the school and went home. sarah speaks some japanese but couldn't make out the insistent announcement on the tv. she looked up the word, and it meant evacuation. she is close to the fukushima nuclear plant and the residents were ordered to flee. she took shelter at the elementary school, more than 60 kilometers from town. >> i evacuate with people. i was the only foreigner here. and no one spoke english. so, it is a little lonely. i think. >> in her notebook, sarah recorded information about the disaster from the news. as well as of the life at the shelter. some of her studen
PBS
Oct 8, 2012 7:00pm PDT
in espionage activities. they are major global suppliers of mobile devices. nhk obtained a copy of the report. the document criticized the companies for being unwilling to cooperate. the report concludes members of the intelligence committee cannot overcome the concerns they have. it warns the u.s. government not to use their products. chinese foreign ministry spokesperson reacted by saying china's technology firms are co complying with the rules and says u.s. is benefitting from certain products. >>> space exploration has entered the commercial era. a ship built by a u.s. company has blasted off in orbit. the craft is taking over the space shuttles and taking private enterprise where it's never gone before. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: engineers developed the unmanned dragon capsule. they launched it from cape canaveral in florida. it's cruising towards the space station. it's due to dock in three days 400 kilometers above the earth. it's carrying nearly a ton of food and experimental equipment. it's the first private company to handle a supply mission. it's contract with nasa the worth
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